2020 FRESH WORKS! ARTISTS

FRESH WORKS! awards commissions to support the creation of new work by transgender, gender-nonconforming and queer artists of color: we present these new works at our annual FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL.

FRESH WORKS! commissions are awarded by invitation only: we are not accepting submissions at this time. Learn about submitting work to the FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL.

Fresh Meat Productions is thrilled to announce our 2020 FRESH WORKS! Commissioned Artists! We awarded commissioning grants to these five brilliant artists/ensembles to create new work: Randy Ford + J Mase III, Antoine Hunter, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, Mark Travis Rivera, and Angelica Medina + Jahaira Fajardo.

Fresh Meat Productions will present the world premieres of these commissioned works at our 2020 FRESH MEAT FESTIVAL of trans and queer performance (June 18-20 at Z Space; ASL interpretation every night; wheelchair accessible). Please join us!

Randy Ford

Randy Ford, is a Seattle-born dancer, choreographer, actor, activist, and educator. She has been featured in CD Forum’s Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers, Bumbershoot Festival, Dani Tirrell’s Black Bois, BenDeLaCreme’s Beware The Terror of Gaylord Manor, and Kitten N’ Lou’s CAMPTACULAR and Jingle All The Gay. She is a member of Seattle’s Au Collective, a dance organization committed to putting queer people, trans people, womxn, and people of color at the forefront of everything it does. She created and co-produced her first full-length evening show QUEEN STREET at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute with CD Forum in September of 2019.

J Mase III

J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet & educator based in Seattle by way of Philly. As an educator, Mase has worked with community members in the US, UK, and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA+ folks in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities. He is founder of awQward, the first trans and queer people of color talent agency. His work has been featured on MSNBC, Essence Live, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Blavity, the Root, the Huffington Post, TEDx and more. J Mase is author of And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death. Currently, he is head writer for the theatrical production Black Bois and is co-editor of the #BlackTransPrayerBook.

Antoine Hunter

A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning Internationally known African-American Deaf choreographer, dancer, instructor, speaker and Deaf advocate. Hunter has received the 2019 National Dance/USA fellowship award, the 2018 inaugural Jeanette Lomujo Bremond Award for Humanity, 2018 Isadora Duncan (Izzie) for Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (BAIDDF) and SF King of Carnaval (2017). Hunter is on the board of Dance/USA and Drop Labs as an ambassador for Deaf Arts and travels the world lecturing at Kennedy Center’s VSA, Harvard, Duke, National Assembly of State Arts to name a few. Hunter has been featured on the front cover of Deaf Life, in Dance Spirit, Dance Magazine and in Oakland North, 48Hills, CNN's Great Big Story and KQED Arts. He is former president of Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates and is the founder/Artistic Director of Urban Jazz Dance Company and produces the BAIDDF since 2013.

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, Author, Playwright (Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem, For Black Trans Girls…), a 2x Helen Hayes Award Nominated Choreographer (2016, 2018), Advocate (Founder of the Inanna D Initiatives), Educator and co-editor of the Black Trans Prayer Book. She is the first Trans woman of color to be nominated for a Helen Hayes Award (2016), and in DC to publish a work of Fiction (Yemaya’s Daughters (2013). She costars as Patra in the new web series King Ester.

Mark Travis Rivera

Mark Travis Rivera (Mark Travis Dance) is the youngest person to found an integrated dance company in the United States, marked dance project. Established in March 2009, Rivera set various works on his company and had his work presented at: the Silk City Summer Arts Festival, the Painted Bride Art Center, the Mandell Theater, the Actor’s Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY and New York University. Rivera has worked with choreographers such as Stacey Tookey, Todrick Hall, Tyce Diorio, and Marinda Davis. After ten years of remarkable dancing, Rivera decided to dissolve marked dance project and continue working as an independent choreographer. Rivera now creates under the creative banner Mark Travis Dance, and lives in Oakland, CA.

Angelica Medina + Jahaira Fajardo

In 2014, Jahaira Fajardo and Angelica Medina, the Directors of In Lak’ech Dance Academy met and fell in love on the dance floor. They both share an immense passion for dance & decided to grow as dance partners while training for competition. In December 2015 they placed 1st in the Latin Ladies Same Gender Division, at the World Latin Dance Cup. Jahaira made history as the first Bachata female leader to become a World Champion. In 2017, Jahaira and Angelica participated and completed the Alex and Desiree Bachata Instructor Certification Course. They also had the honor to Direct The AnD WW ~Team SF Season One. In Lak´ech Dance Academy is the direct result of the passion they both share for dancing and the desire to make a difference in the lives of others through dance.